VISIONS Blog

March 28, 2017

Despite the ongoing passionate efforts of the Native American community, conservationists and activists, it appears that the Dakota Access Pipeline is indeed filling with oil that will flow underneath the Mississippi River and traverse the distance to Illinois — destination refineries. This ...

March 11, 2016

For this year's scouting trip to plan our summer community service program in the Dominican Republic, VISIONS Director, Katherine Dayton, was joined by members of her family. They got to visit some of the impressive projects that VISIONS high school students and local partners have completed over the past 25 years....

November 19, 2015

Many of you made donations this past year to help with a home rebuild for Miss Carol, our cook of 25 years in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Carol has been our cook for teen volunteers every summer, but also a “house mom” and close friend. She gets to know our kids, sometimes teaches how to make local...

October 8, 2015

A Look at Dominica, a Community VISIONS Worked with for More Than a Decade, and Their Road to Recovery

This past August, Tropical Storm Erika hit a number of Caribbean islands, ranging from Haiti to Saint Lucia. In its wake were flooded villages, mudslides, and roads and homes that simply washed away. The storm ravaged the island of Dominica in particular, dropping 12 inches of rain in less than 10...

March 24, 2015

Tributes to a Dedicated VISIONS Alaska Community Partner

Don Doty was a long-time dear friend and partner on our VISIONS Alaska program. Don first got involved with VISIONS teen volunteers in 1997 during a bridge building project in Mentasta Village. He brought his portable chainsaw mill down from Tok and...

January 16, 2015

Summer Cook for Teen Volunteers Since 1992

Ask any VISIONS British Virgin Islands (BVI) alum from the past 22 years about the local characters who made a lasting impression on them, and most are sure to...

January 22, 2014

In 2004, when Youra Moeun had just turned nine years-old, her Aunt Channy returned home to her small village in Cambodia to tell Youra that a foreign couple was paying school fees for a handful of kids in the capital city. Since Youra thrived in school, she left her four sisters, parents, and rice paddy village to move to Phnom Penh for a better education.

Ten years later, Youra became the first member of her family to graduate from high school. She studied hard and also did well in English classes. To cover living expenses, Youra sold books on the street and worked at Channy’s...

December 12, 2013

Would you like to make a difference for a family on the Northern Cheyenne Indian reservation? VISIONS longtime partner, Cheyenne Children Services, is working hard to collect winter coats, books, and toys or other presents for children and families on the reservation.  

December 11, 2013

Darrell Kipp has inspired VISIONS teens and leaders since our first summer on the Montana Blackfeet Indian reservation, in 1991. Darrell died this past month at the age of 69. He was a leader among Native people and known internationally for his groundbreaking work revitalizing native languages.  

October 10, 2013

Site of Montana Community Service Program Honors Inspirational Indian Leader

Since 1991, VISIONS teens have worked on the Blackfeet Indian reservation in Montana. One of four VISIONS teen community service programs in the U.S., the Blackfeet hosts student volunteers every summer in July and August. We live on the Flatiron Ranch, a stunning conservation easement that borders Glacier National Park.

In the late 90s, VISIONS had the honor of meeting Elouise...

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